Last week the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), along with RESETBRE and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) announced a joint agreement to work together to develop a coordinated set of global standards and guidelines for indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring systems and sensors. Whilst at face value this might not sound like a big step, it is in fact a huge step and one that shows that genuine collaboration and sharing of resources, knowledge and connections can facilitate change.

It’s a dilemma faced by all school-leavers and is one of the most important decisions of their lives – what to do next? They stand at the crossroads to their future, not knowing whether to take on the financial burden of three years at college or university, go straight into a job or look at a delay tactic such as a gap year. There is of course another option and one that is increasingly becoming a popular choice with over 900,000 people across the UK – an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn.

A seismic shift in planning requirements is on the horizon; starting in London and eventually and quickly spreading across the rest of the UK. It will result in the planning authorities asking for commercial buildings to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The issue with this is that BREEAM Outstanding developments, in comparison to those that are Excellent and Very Good – the most common planning requirements at the moment – is the cost in achieving it is significantly higher.

The scale of our housing problem is immense with a great chasm between demand and supply, escalating prices across the UK to levels way beyond what a first time buyer can ever hope to achieve.  In a bid to reform the market and boost the supply of new homes, the Government’s much-awaited housing white paper, Fixing Our Broken Housing Market, was greeted with cautious optimism by some, but is a much needed step in the right direction.